The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Beyond the Border 

On a trip to Mexico with Trampas to pick up six palominos The Virginian becomes sick. He forced to stay at a lonely saloon and inn tended by the girl friend of a local outlaw. As he recovers she decides she would prefer life with him.


Don McDougall


Martha Wilkerson, Owen Wister (novel)


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Episode cast overview:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton (credit only)
Diane Roter Diane Roter ... Jennifer Sommers (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
Thomas Gomez ... Fedencio
Joan Staley ... Maggie
Joe Mantell ... Aaron
Michael Forest ... Zach Wheeler
Gregg Palmer ... Cal
Chris Alcaide ... Howard Heller
Jimmy Lee Cook Jimmy Lee Cook ... Bartender


The Virginian and Trampas travel to Mexico to pickup six palomino horses for Judge Garth. The Virginian becomes sick as they reach the Mexican border. He is forced to rest at a Mexican hotel that is the hangout for an outlaw gang. The gang leader's girlfriend, Maggie, is there and becoming tired of the secondary role she plays in the gang leader's life. Trampas leaves The Virginian in her care while he goes to retrieve the horses. While he is gone The Virginian and Maggie fall in love and she decides she wishes to return to Medicine Bow with the Virginian but life is never simple. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

24 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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New slant on The Virginian
31 May 2013 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

Perceptive drama, one of the high water marks of season four, offers a fresh, feminine slant on Drury's character, courtesy of a crack scenario by Martha Wilkerson. Fetching Joan Staley plays an outlaw's moll who nurses The Virginian through a bout of pneumonia. The disillusioned woman wants above all else to be needed instead of used and is drawn to his civilized decency. But choosing between this reticent stranger who keeps his feelings mostly unspoken and the brazen bandit who'll stop at nothing to hold her is tougher than she expected. Her decision has lacerating impact, and Drury, aware of the script's implications, responds with an affecting performance. Beefy Michael Forest brings swashbuckling brio to the outlaw role.

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